Feb 20, 2017

5 Tips to Snacking & Staying Fit

I am a snacker. I have no shame in that. But I don't always snack "healthy". One day, I'll have some carrots and then the next day, I will be craving Cheetos (my weakness). However, I don't let those unhealthy snacks ruin my waistline.

I always follow these 5 tips when I snack but still try to stay in shape:

1. Balance. 
We all know that balance is important when it comes to food and health. If one day you're just craving chocolate and have to have it, go ahead and eat it. Just the other day I had a Butterfingers bar. But I also made sure I ate healthy meals with tons of protein and veggies. I also worked my butt off, but I always balance those yummy treats with an extra healthy meal or work out.

2. Substitute.
If you're craving something sweet (like candy) or crunchy (like chips) but don't want all the calories that go along with it, you can always substitute them for healthier alternatives like fruit, nuts, or veggies. There are also some health snacks on the market that is filled with things like fruit, chia seeds, and even cheese!

3. Let it fuel your workout.
When you lead a busy life, finding time to work out can be difficult. It's even more difficult if you don't have time to eat healthy all the time. One awesome tip I follow is if I plan on working out that day, I make sure it will fuel my workout. Snacks that contain protein and some carbs like a nutrition bar or even a egg sandwich on grain bread (depending on when my workout starts) gets rid of the need to snack and helps out at the gym.

4. Keep sodium at a minimum.
Snacking on something that has tons of sodium may taste good, but you'll be feeling it later. If I have too much sodium, I end up feeling sluggish and bloated. So when I go out to find snacks, I try to find something that doesn't have a lot of sodium. Don't be fooled by the "low-sodium" label - look at the nutritional values on the back. Just because it says "low-sodium" doesn't mean it doesn't have any - it just doesn't have as much as their competitor.

5. Resist temptation.
I don't know about you, but once I find a bag of M&Ms within my reach, I will be temped to eat it. If you're finding yourself reaching out for something unhealthy and you've vowed that you were going to eat healthier, it can be hard to resist that urge. Instead, do something productive. Go for a walk. Do something to get your mind off that craving. It's easier said than done, trust me on this, but after a while, you'll forget all about that last piece of cheesecake in the fridge.

What is one snack you can't help but crave all the time?

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